Digestive Cancers Europe is looking for a Director of Operations to assist the CEO in running various projects and initiatives with strong medical and scientific content in the area of digestive cancers.

Title: Director of Operations

Location: Remote (Europe) or Brussels

Employment type: 80% or more, freelance status preferred but not mandatory

Reports to: CEO, Digestive Cancers Europe

Starting date: 5th of January 2023

Director of Operations Responsibilities

  • Works with the CEO and other team members to set the organisation’s strategic goals; translating them into specific operational objectives; ensures that strategy is brought into action by delegating it to team members
  • Co-creates the projects for the annual plan, together with the CEO and other team members, including the budgets for each project
  • Assists the CEO in fundraising activities
  • Ensures that projects are delivered within defined timelines and assigned budget and adhere to EU framework (for EU projects) while maintaining all necessary documentation properly
  • When needed, produces reports on executed projects
  • Manages members of the team
  • Safeguards DiCE profile and name and ensures the provision of excellent services to Member Organisations and the community
  • Jointly with the CEO, takes care of the current affairs and the daily management of the organisation
  • Participates in team meetings and contributes to the growth and development of the organisation
  • Encourages staff development and education
  • Promotes team spirit to maintain high morale and motivation
  • Attends and participates in stakeholder meetings and represents the organization in a number of Committees
  • Participate in Conferences
  • Participates at Board Meetings when invited
  • Any other responsibility assigned by the CEO and the Board

Director of Operations Requirements

  • Degree in biomedical sciences, biology, pharmacy or related
  • Minimum seven years of experience
  • Work experience in related fields and NGOs at the management level
  • Scientific and/or medical writing & editing
  • Research, analyse, review and present scientific and/or medical-related information accurately, adapting content to the audience’s needs
  • Able to take initiative and present new ideas
  • Communication with diverse stakeholders and building strong and productive working relationships
  • Managing simultaneously diverse projects
  • Attention to details and highly organised
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Flexibility and ability to work remotely and effectively both independently and as part of an international team
  • Native level of English language and preferably another European language
  • Excellent use of Office tools
  • Have a compassionate, human vision of life and interest in improving the lives of cancer patients and carers
  • Expert knowledge and interest in the policy and EU healthcare environment
  • A positive attitude and team spirit, with leadership and organisational skills
  • Respect for internal processes and procedures
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Financial, IT and Office Management systems
  • Have a good rapport with stakeholders, potential funders and member organisations


  • Experience with writing patient and healthcare professional information
  • Experience in working in the areas of health, cancer, and treatments
  • Experience in working in a patient organisation
  • Experience with working with healthcare professionals
  • Experience in EU grant writing

What we offer

  • An enthusiastic working environment with solid societal value
  • A three-year contract, 30-38 hours/week
  • A competitive salary
  • The possibility to help grow the organisation and its impact

How to apply

Email to (no telephone calls accepted), subject line: Application for DiCE [Position] Vacancy, with attachments:

  • Curriculum vitae, with 3 professional references, including one from your current or most recent employment;
  • Cover letter, no more than two A4 pages on your a) motivation, b) summary of qualifications, and c) salary history and/or requirement and d) earliest availability.

Deadline for application

15 November 2022 (23:59 CEST)

Short-listed candidates will be informed and invited for virtual interviews.

Due to the number of applications, kindly note that we are only able to respond to those with relevant profiles.

Digestive Cancers Europe (DiCE)

Digestive Cancers Europe is the umbrella organisation of close to 40 national members active in the area of digestive cancers (oesophagus, gastric, colon, rectum, pancreatic and rare digestive cancers).
DiCE is committed to advancing diagnosis and medical treatment, advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research, and supporting patient care for a better quality of life. DiCE’s vision is to see fewer people in Europe suffering from digestive cancers.
DiCE is based in Brussels and works as a virtual organisation across Europe. For further information, please contact Ghislaine at

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